Shifting the Focus From Sylvia Plath’s Tragic Death to Her Brilliant Life

RED COMETThe Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia PlathBy Heather Clark What becomes a legend most? As suggested by the old black-and-white Blackglama fur ads, featuring Lena Horne, Diana Vreeland and Cher, among others, legends are people who have soared beyond fame or celebrity into a more rarefied, inaccessible stratosphere. Today’s media-fixated, Kardashian-dominated world …

The great escape: 50 brilliant books to transport you this summer

A vampire in Shanghai, artists on Hydra, and identical twins run away to New Orleans… dazzling novels plus the best politics, history,and memoir to take you away from lockdown Fiction Weather by Jenny OffillA darkly witty distress call from Donald Trump’s US, the follow-up to Dept. of Speculation channels our anxieties about climate collapse and …

Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism

Created in New York by Jewish immigrants, the first comic book superheroes were mythic saviours who could combat the Nazi threat. They speak to the dark politics of our times Back in the benighted 20th century comic books were seen as subliterate trash for kiddies and intellectually challenged adults – badly written, hastily drawn and …